The better you look after your tools, the better they will look after you and keeping them sharp is one way to do this. The sharper your garden tools are, the safer and more efficient they will be. Before you invest in a sharpening tool, learn more about the options, in order to choose what is best for you:
• Whetstones- are blocks of fine-grained stone. There are two types and some require oil or water for lubrication to help the blade slide over the stone. These are suitable for knives and secateurs and should be used on a firm surface, like a table.
• Diamond coated sharpening tools- come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The diamond-coated blocks and portable, pocket-sized types are perfect for sharpening secateurs and knives on the go. The diamond-coated files are more suitable for spades or hoes.
• Sharpening steels- are usually used for kitchen knives, however there are versions that are designed for maintaining garden blades, such as loppers.
• Files- are excellent for sharpening cultivation tools like spades and hoes, just ensure to get one that is suitable for metal work.